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Old 02-11-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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I have been reading and posting for a couple weeks now..... completely addicted! It it an incredible experience to be able to talk to so many great painters and actually get advice!

I am a certified journey painter through the state of California. I have been licensed since 95, and I have been full time for over twenty years. Prior to painting houses I painted cars. I went to The College Of Marin (CA) and studied custom painting (airbrushing) and painting and some other boring stuff like frame straightening.

My first job as a painter was shooting Greens paint remover through airless sprayers and stripping entire Victorian houses, then of coarse painting them.
I Have removed thousands of pounds of old lead based paint, painted thousands of dual hung windows.... you would think I hate it but I love it.
With the new state regs I stay away from lead.
I have lots of special coating experience.
I worked in an cabinet shop with some world class finisher.

Currently I have been switching gears to seamless resinous flooring. recently picked up a diamond grinder and I will be unveiling my new service at a local home and garden show. I have been doing epoxy coatings for 15 years off and on. I love to read specs and msds sheets, just a general information junkie!

I have always had a small company. I treat my clients with a great deal of honesty and integrity. I call it "FULL DISCLOSURE". Some people love it.

I have construction experience since my dad is a GC I was raised on a job site. I have Elmers Glue running through my veins!

I tend to be technical, but I am a smart ass by nature.

Before PT I think I was "peeking" now I see a huge mountain that is worth climbing. I felt like I was the "best" now I know I am good with room for improvement!

I am looking forward to sharing!
Gotta go for now my other job is calling "DAD GET OFF THE COMPUTER"!
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:26 AM   #2
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Good to have you here workin'man. Huge area there to work in. You ever go in the surrounding areas like Marin, San Mateo and Contra Costa? You're not too far from Palo Alto either... Big money.
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Good to have you here workin'man. Huge area there to work in. You ever go in the surrounding areas like Marin, San Mateo and Contra Costa? You're not too far from Palo Alto either... Big money.
Everyone I know that has been involved in "PIGS" (the big money jobs) have pretty much been wiped out..... there were so many GC going BK out here it's sick. I've had some real good friends, and excellent painters turn back to employees with large debt. I operate in Wine Country. I try to stay in the town I live in "Santa Rosa" Eight years ago I became a one man band.
Things are picking up, and I am looking forward to getting a little help.
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I have been reading and posting for a couple weeks now..... completely addicted! It it an incredible experience to be able to talk to so many great painters and actually get advice!

I am a certified journey painter through the state of California. I have been licensed since 95, and I have been full time for over twenty years. Prior to painting houses I painted cars. I went to The College Of Marin (CA) and studied custom painting (airbrushing) and painting and some other boring stuff like frame straightening.

My first job as a painter was shooting Greens paint remover through airless sprayers and stripping entire Victorian houses, then of coarse painting them.
I Have removed thousands of pounds of old lead based paint, painted thousands of dual hung windows.... you would think I hate it but I love it.
With the new state regs I stay away from lead.
I have lots of special coating experience.
I worked in an cabinet shop with some world class finisher.

Currently I have been switching gears to seamless resinous flooring. recently picked up a diamond grinder and I will be unveiling my new service at a local home and garden show. I have been doing epoxy coatings for 15 years off and on. I love to read specs and msds sheets, just a general information junkie!

I have always had a small company. I treat my clients with a great deal of honesty and integrity. I call it "FULL DISCLOSURE". Some people love it.

I have construction experience since my dad is a GC I was raised on a job site. I have Elmers Glue running through my veins!

I tend to be technical, but I am a smart ass by nature.

Before PT I think I was "peeking" now I see a huge mountain that is worth climbing. I felt like I was the "best" now I know I am good with room for improvement!

I am looking forward to sharing!
Gotta go for now my other job is calling "DAD GET OFF THE COMPUTER"!
Welcome to paint talk! Good to have you on the forum!
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good solid intro. welcome
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I have a brother in the union not to far from you..He's not a painter.He's doing hvac
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Everyone I know that has been involved in "PIGS" (the big money jobs) have pretty much been wiped out..... there were so many GC going BK out here it's sick. I've had some real good friends, and excellent painters turn back to employees with large debt. I operate in Wine Country. I try to stay in the town I live in "Santa Rosa" Eight years ago I became a one man band.
Things are picking up, and I am looking forward to getting a little help.
Home of the pick n pull.... That's real life pain your talking about there. I'm content for the time being a one man op. Thing about being self employed that was attractive was being independent so to say. Only to find that the more I hired the more I depended on others....Nuts.
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Home of the pick n pull.... That's real life pain your talking about there. I'm content for the time being a one man op. Thing about being self employed that was attractive was being independent so to say. Only to find that the more I hired the more I depended on others....Nuts.
Pick & Pull in every town! Ther is a Salvation Army up the highway that sells cars starting at $50.
The sad thing is those heaps are driving down the road w/o insurace.
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I have a brother in the union not to far from you..He's not a painter.He's doing hvac
Does he work for Petersons!
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